Three Royal Colleges have jointly agreed five shared principles designed to improve care and support for children and young people with mental health problems.
The Royal College of General Practitioners, The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and The Royal College of Psychiatrists have issued a position statement saying that as well as the commissioning of specialist treatment, an effective child and young people’s (CYP) mental health system required:
- acknowledgment that CYP mental health is everybody’s business and should be supported by a shared vision for CYP mental health across all government departments
- a preventative, multi-agency approach to mental health across all ages, incorporating attention to education for young people and families, social determinants, and health promotion
- a system of national and local accountability for population-level CYP mental health and well-being, delivered via integrated local area systems
- training and education for the whole children’s workforce in their role and responsibilities for CYP mental health
- more support, both from specialist services and other sectors, for professionals dealing with CYP who do not meet referral threshold to CAMHS.